unsolicited advice

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I have a bit of advice for the calorie counters and chronic dieters out there. Stop counting calories. Stop feeling guilty about failing at the diets you can’t stick with. Stop beating yourself up about the pounds you can’t lose. Stop eating low-calorie things that pass for food.

This advice comes from hearing too many people talking about snacking healthy. I have seen these snacks that count as healthier. The second ingredient is usually sugar. Sugar equals empty calories. Calories you don’t want. Calories you don’t need. If you want to be healthier eat food that fills you up and makes it so you don’t want to snack.

If you want to lose those pounds and keep them off you are going to have to eat real food three times a day. Food that makes you feel full after you eat it. Veggies and high protein foods are a good start. If you don’t want to cut out your beloved bread and dairy at least find products made from real ingredients not processed food like stuff.

You are going to have to cook to be healthier. Prepared microwave meals and starter mixes aren’t going to cut it. You will need to find some skills that will get some real food onto your plate. You can still use the microwave just change-up what you are nuking. Maybe the crockpot will be your new best friend. You could try your hand at gaining some old-fashioned cooking skills. It will all take some adjusting but it will be worth it.

Questioning authority is going to have to be your motto. You will need to forget the things you learned in high school health class. There is no food pyramid. A national diet handed down from a government known for making deals with different lobbies isn’t your best bet. You are going to have to do your own research and become your on lab rat. You will need to cut things out of your diet and make drastic changes to find out what makes you feel your best.

Start with cutting out added sugar. Stop snacking and don’t eat those empty calories that are notorious for putting on the pounds you dread. Watching adults with poor eating habits doesn’t break my heart. Watching overweight children eat crap does break my heart. They can’t pick their food they trust us to do it for them. If you won’t do it for you do it for your kids. Teaching them to eat and make real food is as important as making sure they get an education. Please make them and yourselves move more. Walk, run, or just dance. Pick something and do it and be active. The longest legacy you can leave your children is a proper diet and how to take care of themselves.

Take care of yourself and the ones you love.

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